Whitewashing Stucco

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Whitewashing Stucco



If you’ve ever removed a bush from next to your stucco wall, there is a decent chance you may have seen mildew staining it due to a combination of moisture and shade. Staining can happen for reasons other then a bush, but whatever the reason may be, my first recommendation is usually to wash the area with a Clorox/Water mixture; dish soap may also be included.

If this doesn’t do the trick:

You can always consider a whitewash on your stucco wall. Before you consider a whitewash, there is some things you should know. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to this decision and its up to you to decide what you want to do.

What is whitewashing stucco? Whitewashing stucco is basically adding a thin layer of watery cement (to allow for penetration of original stucco) onto your already stuccoed home in order to restore, refresh or recolor the homes look.


Whitewashing Stucco 


  • Restores stucco wall to a beautiful fresh look.
  • Whitewashing stucco is considered better then just painting because you are adding one or two thin layers of cement.
  • this thin layer can be beneficial because it fills in the small cracks and breakages that can eventually become bigger, more costly, damage.
  • offers increase in protection and stability
  • can improve water repellency if sealant is added to the mix ( may not be recommended depending on your stucco- consult with your stucco expert)
  • allows you to add color dye within the whitewash mix


  • Whitewash usually does not include all the same ingredients as a regular stucco layer; the main one is sand. Lack of sand in the whitewashing mixture reduces the strength and durability of the thin coating. This makes it more susceptible to cracks, and other wear and tear type of damage.
  • this thin layer may not be as durable and maintenance free as the original stucco.
  • if a re-stucco is desired, the white wash usually must be sandblasted in order to remove it. (sandblast removal is important to allow the next coat to fully bond with the original stucco- this increases the durability)
  • if adding color dye, prepare enough for the entire wall as it is extremely difficult to match the old and new stucco colors.


In conclusion, there are some pros and cons to whitewashing stucco. Knowing what they are is a vital key to making this decision. Many prefer it over painting, but many will tell you a layer of real stucco mix (with sand), although more expensive, can prove to be much more beneficial and long lasting.

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